TEA Party's 'no backing candidates' policy weakens support
I think it's important that I start this piece out by saying I have no problem with the TEA Party's members or their politics. I don't think there's any secret that I don't generally agree with those politics, but I still support their right to engage in the political process and work to affect change.
I do however, have problems with the notion that our local TEA Party is so fond of saying they don't back candidates. That is, for lack of a better word, weak.
Key to driver safety is merging lanes
We think it's high time the state of Oklahoma changes the way frontage roads run along highways.
The two lane frontage roads prove to be confusing for drivers and in Grady County alone, there have been two fatality accidents due to this confusion in the last four months.
Dorman looks at teacher's carrying firearms bill
The pace in the Oklahoma Legislature is frantic as members realize that their bills must be brought up for consideration this week, or they will linger for a year before they can be heard. At the end of the day on Monday, there were over 150 bills which could potentially be heard and there will certainly be others added to this schedule. This list does include HB 2228, the bill I filed to allow schools the ability to do comprehensive background checks for volunteers using the OSBI network.
Obama vowed to break GOP fever -- but have they broken his?
Nine months ago, Barack Obama likened his Republican opposition to an illness. If he could just defeat Mitt Romney, Obama said, then the illness might subside. "I believe that if we're successful in this election -- when we're successful in this election -- that the fever may break," Obama told a fundraiser in Minneapolis last June.
Dorman speaks on interesting bills that will see floor
We are in the fifth week of the legislature, which means the committee process has ended and the bills to be considered further must now pass the entire body of origin.
From the sheriff's desk
The month of February may be a short month, but there were a lot of things packed into it here at the Sheriff’s Office.
Dorman looks to use bill to help students
It is the fourth week of committee work and I still have some bills up for consideration. The Common Education Committee will have a chance to pass House Bill 2230, which amends the Bridge to Literacy program to allow for Positive Tomorrows to qualify for grant funding.
Perryman speaks on importance of first jobs
Most of us remember our first “paying job.” It was a “paying job” because we actually received cash money in return for our labor. Before that, we did a lot of work for room and board. Looking back, most of us took a cut in pay when we began working for someone other than our parents.
Audits should be done by county, not state
We find the current auditing system in Oklahoma to be less than effective. It puts unneeded pressure on county treasurers while creating a nervous atmosphere among county offices during audit time.
State should combine election dates
Elections are a precious thing, and we find the treatment of school board elections by the state of Oklahoma to be deplorable.
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